Wednesday, September 7, 2016

National Weather Service: High Rip Current Risk For East Central Florida

COCOA BEACH, Florida - The National Weather Service in Melbourne, Florida has issued a High Rip Current Risk for Brevard County, Volusia County, Indian River County, St. Lucie County, and Martin County that will remain in effect through Wednesday, September 7, 2016.

According to NWS, a high threat for strong rip current will exist all day today, but especially early Wednesday morning and late afternoon due to tidal effects.

Life threatening rip current are likely in the surf zone.

Rip currents are powerful channels of water flowing quickly away from shore, which occur most often at low spots or breaks in the sandbar and in the vicinity of structures such as groins, jetties, and piers. Remember to swim near a life guard and do not swim alone. Ask the beach patrol about ocean hazards when you arrive at the beach.

If you become caught in a rip current - do not panic - but yell for help.  Remain calm and do not exhaust yourself. Stay afloat while waiting for help. If you have to swim out of a rip current, begin to swim parallel to shore.  Once you are away from the force of the rip current, begin to swim back to the beach. Do not attempt to swim directly against a rip current. Even a strong swimmer can become exhausted quickly.